The Courtyard, Shillelagh, Coolattin, Co.Wicklow

New Year 2020 Yoga Retreat

03 Jan.

New Year 2020 Yoga Retreat

03/01/2020 @ 4:00 pm - 05/01/2020 @ 2:00 pm

Event Details

Retreat: Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Retreat
Date: 03/01/2020 @ 4:00 pm - 05/01/2020 @ 2:00 pm
Time: Fri 16:00 - Sun 14:00
Level: All Levels of Yoga - Everyone is Welcome!
Teacher: Liz Richards
Organiser: Olivia Kelly
Tel: 0404-53951
Email: olivia@thecourtyardyogaretreat.ie
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New Year  Vinyasa Yoga Retreat

We are kicking off the year with our early January Vinyasa Yoga Retreat 3-5thJanuary.

This will be a fabulous opportunity to get your year off to a great start with a special weekend of Vinyasa Flow Yoga, yoga designed to stimulate the digestive system, some restorative yoga and a light guided meditation to sooth you and help you feel grounded after the festive season. Combined with nourishing healthy vegetarian and vegan food and refreshing Wicklow air and scenic countryside this weekend is a perfect kickstart to the year.

Vinyasa Yoga, active flow

Focus on breath & posture

Tension Release

Yoga to Stimulate the digestive System

Restore Balance & feel grounded

Hatha - Vinyasa Yoga

Pranayama Breathing Techniques

Gentle Somatic Movement

Short & Light Guided Meditation

Let’s rid those feelings of sluggishness and lack of motivation which tend to follow after the busy Christmas period of over-indulgence in rich foods and festive activity.

Time to Reset and Get back on Track!

  • Special yoga practice to stimulate the digestive system
  • Yoga to re-energise the body and rid it of sluggishness
  • Country Walk. Optional – not guided
  • Gentle digestive detox – delicious vegan food,  free of refined sugars, unhealthy fat and dairy
  • Detox your mind from over stimulation of Xmas activity
  • Have some deserved ‘Me’ time
  • Reset your focus and goals for 2019
  • Disconnect when possible from phones, etc
  • Detox from social media, take a break!
  • Have some fun & make new friends
  • Relax, eat well and enjoy!

This Mid-January retreat offers the perfect opportunity to de-stress, unwind and to restore balance on every level following the busy Christmas holiday season. Through the practice of yoga in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of The Courtyard and the intake of delicious, nourishing and healthy vegan food prepared and cooked by Olivia, you will return to a greater sense of calm and stillness which is our natural state. You will leave after the weekend feeling rested yet energised, open and light with a greater connection to yourself and the world around you.

One of the most helpful ways to restore balance, is through a yoga practice which addresses the seasonal decrease in digestive function and associated feelings of sluggishness.   This involves stimulating and re-igniting the (digestive fire) which resides in the area behind the naval. In this January retreat we will work to do just this through a practice which will include asanas (postures) such as twists and gentle backbends  to stimulate the digestive fire and restore balance to the processes of digestion and assimilation.

We will prepare the body safely through the step by step approach known as Vinyasa Krama to bring us into a flowing practice which will include these useful postures and we will also work to find stillness and integration through restorative practice with props and bolsters and gentle breath work.

Each student will be encouraged to work at their own pace and modifications and variations of each posture will be discussed and explored where necessary.  This will ensure that students of all levels from beginners to advanced practitioners will benefit from this retreat and will practice in a safe and non-competitive environment.

Throughout the weekend you will practice classical hatha-vinyasa yoga, active flowing yoga to stimulate the digestive fire and restore balance to the processes of digestion and assimilation. A short and light guided meditation. (perfect for those who haven’t practiced meditation previously) and some Somatic Movement sequences which are slow, gentle mindful movement which help you prepare and ease into the stronger yoga practice.

The weekend is one of fun learning and relaxation where you can put your feet up in front of the fire, enjoy top class yoga tuition, delicious food and fun sociable meal times and  walks in fresh Wicklow air.


Liz has a unique way of using her skills to challenge those who are more experienced while nurturing those who are just beginning – all in the same environment.  As the body becomes more open and free through the tools of the practice, so too does the mind as it enters a more peaceful state.

Olivia and her team will be on hand throughout the retreat to host you and will spoil you with delicious food. You will have access to an array of beautiful loose natural herbal teas, black tea and coffee throughout the weekend.


Retreat Schedule


16:00 -17:00 – Arrive, relax and settle & have welcome tea & healthy treat

18:00 – Our first class in The Carriage House – Duration 1.5 hour class

19:30 – Dinner



09:00 – Tasty & healthy breakfast Jar & fruit

10:00 – Class – 2 hours

12:00 – Lunch

13:00 – 17:00 Free time

17:00 – 1.5 hour class

18:30 – Dinner



09:00 – Tasty & healthy breakfast jar & fruit

10:00 – Class (2 hours)

12:00 – Lunch

13:00 – Relax

14:00 – Departure





Liz Richards is a registered SYT (Senior Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance Professionals UK  with over 1000 training hours behind her. She has been teaching Yoga full time since 2009.

She teaches Classical Yoga using the Vinyasa Krama system and Hatha Yoga principles for all levels from Beginners – Advanced students and her teaching is firmly rooted in the lineage of Krishnamacharya.

Throughout her yoga journey to date, Liz has explored and practiced many different forms of and approaches to yoga and has taken workshops and trainings with senior international teachers in all.   These include Iyengar,  Ashtanga, Vinyasa Krama & Viniyoga.

She is grateful every day for the opportunity to share the little knowledge she has acquired and is humbled to find that as first and foremost a student of yoga herself, it is in fact her students who are among her best teachers.

Liz has an insatiable appetite for learning and is continuously undertaking more advanced yoga trainings with top gurus in India and other parts of the world.

  • Hatha, Vinyasa Yoga
  • 700 HRS TT
  • Vinyasa and ayurveda

Our Guest Reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed the venue, yoga, food, ambience and fun during the weekend at The Courtyard. Well done Olivia, Liz, Noel and Dee!

Angela Maguire

15 April 2019

The Courtyard is a very special place. Stunning location in the wicklow mountains and then you have the buildings that have been renovated beautifully to create a calm restful open space. The yoga classes with Liz Richards were incredibly well planned so as to be suitable for a large group with mixed ability from total beginner to a teacher trainer. Don Brennan gave a 2 1/2 hour talk on ayerveda that was simply fascinating. I floated home after a weekend retreat and will absolutely be back. Thank you Olivia, that was exactly what I needed.

Isobel Mc Carthy

16 April 2019

The Courtyard Yoga Retreat is a very special place. It provides nourishment for the body and soul. A truly authentic experience in a wonderfully authentic space and place. Superb yoga with Liz a true yogi, who generously shares her knowledge and guides each individual through the practice carefully and attentively. The food is a delight home cooked and delicious. Olivia has mastered the art of creating vegetarian food that tastes absolutely divine. The surroundings of the beautiful original house and courtyard buildings, which have been loving restored by her parents Dee and Noel top off the entire experience offering serenity in the heart of Wicklow. It’s a truly special place.

Patricia Duignan

16 April 2019

An absolutely amazing weekend. Olivia and her family are so incredibly welcoming and professional. The location is just stunning and so calming. They've done such brilliant job at restoring it. You can see how much love and hard work went into it. The food was delicious and there was plenty of it (which is important after lots of yoga!) Liz, our yoga instructor was so knowledgeable and intuitive. I've been doing yoga for nearly two years and I learned more in those few sessions with liz than I've done in all my time practicing. She's so passionate.

Beth Maguire

15 April 2019

Best yoga retreat I’ve been on. Olivia and her family are so kind and welcoming. Place is fantastic and relaxing. Liz the yoga instructor was so knowledgeable and managed the class of beginners to advanced at ease. Food was delicious too.

Hilda Maguire

15 April 2019


Anne Reid

17 April 2019

"Great retreat today. Beautiful venue. Will definitely return"

Carol O Sullivan

10 Dec 2017

"My husband and I have nothing but positive to say about The Courtyard. We made to feel very welcome from start to finish, with a ‘home-away-from-home’ sort of feel the food was an absolute treat and the yoga teaching was insightful and inspiring. Would give 6 stars if we could."

Claire O’ Malley

19th March 2018

"Myself and my Mum had the most fantastic weekend at the Courtyard Yoga Retreat. Everything from the Yoga, to the food, to the setting and the welcome was second to none. Liz Richards is a particularly experienced and excellent yoga teacher. Olivia’s cooking is simply delicious. It is so satisfying, light but filling and extremely tasty and easy to eat. Both Mum and I can’t wait to come back. Thanks v much, Ali"

Ali O Connor

23rd March 2018

"Just back from a most amazing yoga retreat at the courtyard. From the warm welcome, yummy treats by the fire, amazing yoga sessions by Liz, and delicious and nutritious food, it was all just perfect for what I was looking for; rest, restoration, learning, good food and lovely company. Liz is a great teacher, bringing it right back to the basics and through her almost meditative stream of instruction bringing you to a new level of yoga awareness. Thank you all at the Courtyard. I will be back!"

Mathilde Murray-Veldt

14 Jan 2018

"Came to the courtyard retreat with my sister last weekend. It did not disappoint…..beautiful surroundings, comfortable accommodation and delicious vegetarian food. Olivia and her family were very welcoming, always on hand and worked so hard to make our weekend effortless. Liz is an amazing yoga teacher. Her classes allowed us to focus on the body, breath and mind. I felt revitalize and relaxed after a weekend of delicious food, excellent yoga and great company. Wonderful way to start the year!"

Geraldine O’ Gara

15 Jan 2018

"Just back from a weekend yoga retreat and feeling renewed and energised. The yoga classes were truly enjoyable and the vegetarian cuisine was excellent! Olivia is the perfect host and created a warm and friendly atmosphere throughout the weekend. I am looking forward to returning and enjoying another gorgeous weekend in this wonderful venue."

Jackie O’Brien

14th Jan 2018

"Just spent the weekend here . What an amazing place to kick start the year with mind blowing yoga , fantastic food and beautiful surroundings! A great experience I can’t wait to repeat !"

Clara De Paolo

15th Jan 2018

"Words cannot adequately describe how truly amazing the courtyard yoga retreat is … I was looking forward to my weekend but the reality was far better than my expectations. The yoga was incredible and meditative – I learnt more in a weekend than ever before… and the food…… amazing!! A nurturing wellness weekend- I will be back as soon as I can – thank you"

Fiona Barry

18th Jan 2018

"Fantastic day..enjoyed the fresh home made lunch, the desserts & the lovely sweet treats left out for us, The yoga was amazing & Liz is a super teacher, Olivia really made us feel @ home looked after us very well.Great company & beautiful scenic views around the area Will definitely be back"

Deirdre O Farrell

10 Dec 2017